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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ivory piano key earrings on: January 23, 2012 01:54:03 PM
I made these earrings from an old piano key. 

They are carved in the old scrimshaw style.
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / an old rocker on: October 03, 2011 04:50:04 PM
I found an old rocker in the dumpster and decided to rebuild it.

I took this...

and made it look like this.

23  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / My 2010 garden is complete on: May 30, 2010 05:28:02 PM
I did it!  I finally got all of my garden in.

I had built the beds over a period of four years, completing beds 12 through 15 this year.  I'm not building any more beds.  I want to go play with my art.

Here's all of the beds together. 

Cherokee purple tomato-this was a gift from a neighbor.

My garlic, in all its glory.  It's been growing since last October.

Lemon cucumbers-grown from seeds

Carola potatoes-also grown from starts.  We are trying these for the first time.

Strawberries.  Tri-stars.  These are also new this year.

Yellow onions.  We also winter grew these, since last October.

We have also planted ground cherries, cherokee red beans, yukon gold potatoes, saucy tomatoes, manitoba tomatoes, gold nugget tomatoes, and butternut squash.  Some of this from seed, so it's not up yet.

24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / floppy disk briefcase on: May 21, 2010 01:43:01 PM
I've been promising myself a floppy disk briefcase for some time now, but I didn't have enough floppy disks to experiment with.  I recently acquired a boatload of disks, so I set to work, first with paper and pencil, then with my computer to make diagrams, and then with disks and a drill press.

Here's the end result.

The outside front, closed up.

And the inside, showing a leather divider.

It works really well, too.  I loaded it up this morning with my paperwork, and it all fits without being super heavy.
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Toybox Tuesday 5/11/10 on: May 11, 2010 09:15:28 AM
Hey Kids!  What day is it?  It's Toybox Tuesday.  Time to show off your little goodies from this week.

Here's my contribution.  It's a baby rattle.  Made from maple doll heads, dowels and rings.  All natural.  My own design.

Show us what you made.
26  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper pottery on: May 06, 2010 08:26:26 AM
This bowl is made with paper.  Just plain paper.  But it looks like porcelain.  I made it smooth, using a process that I have been developing for the last few months. 

27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The first Toybox Tuesday Post on: May 04, 2010 07:02:49 AM
Ok, here's how it works.  You work during the week and on Tuesday, you post what you made.  It's a way of getting more folks interested in this board.  If nobody is interested, I won't do this again.  But for today, here's my post for Toybox Tuesday.

It's an old fashioned board game which I made from a chunk of plywood and a dowel.  It's called Nine Men's Morris and it's played similar to Tic-tac-toe.  I painted a pattern on it, because I really don't like the look of plywood.

28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Toybox Tuesday on: April 23, 2010 05:18:55 PM
Ok, the spinners have a fibre Friday.  How about a toybox Tuesday for folks who make toys? 

Anybody interested in this?  Is it a good idea?
29  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / It's a rug!! on: April 03, 2010 02:14:34 PM
It's finally finished.  It weighs 11 pounds and measures 63 1/4 inches across.  It took 18 days from start to finish.  I've never made a rug this large before.

Here's the story.  Our local historical society has an education program where they teach grade school children about their heritage.  We live in a farming community, so the kids learn about farming and homesteading.  In May they will start the new curriculum. This year's program is about clothing and textiles.  This rug will be part of that program, where they will learn that when their clothing wears out, it still has some other use. 

The rug is 100% cotton fabrics.  About half the fabric was donated by the members of the society, and I donated the rest from my massive stash.

So, here's my rug.  The first picture is the entire rug, in all it's glory. 

Some in progress shots.  About half way through:

My nimble knuckles:

With the tape measure across it.

And the best close-up I could get.

I'm hoping to present it at their Farm Festival on April 10.

Thanks for all of the encouragement from everybody.  I couldn't have done it without my Craftster friends.
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Big Skills Swap on: March 18, 2010 04:18:25 PM
I have never organized a swap, and I don't know if I want to start now, but I'd like to know if there would be anybody interested in a big skills swap.

Here's my idea.  I am a woodworker, and I can make darn near anything.  There are folks on here who are glass blowers, metalsmiths, welders, potters and such. 

I'm not talking about folks who use a small tool.  I'm talking about those people who need a glory hole, annealing oven, bandsaw, welding tools, anvil and hammer, lathe or a throwing wheel and kiln.

We could do one large item.  That's it.  No spoiling.

What do you think?
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